The top 28 picks in the 2019 NFL draft are set, and offseason needs for every team are becoming clear. But it's the teams picking in the top 10 that must hit on those needs fastest in order to get back on track.We asked NFL Nation reporters who cover teams picking in the top 10 to predict three offseason priorities for each team that will help it get back into playoff contention. From filling out a new coaching staff, to finding a pass rush, to figuring out a long-term plan at quarterback, the priorities made it clear that these teams have a long way to go.Build a staff that has experience and can turn things around. The Cardinals have begun doing just that. When the Cardinals hired Kliff Kingsbury to replace Steve Wilks, they brought on someone who essentially came alone. Most head-coaching candidates come with a coaching staff in mind, but Kingsbury did not; he has relied on general manager Steve Keim to help build his staff. So far, Kingsbury has added former Broncos head coach … [Read more...] about Offseason priorities for NFL teams with top-10 picks in 2019 draft
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Will the Texans bring back Tyrann Mathieu? Could Clay Matthews move on from the Packers after 10 seasons? Which players could get the franchise tag?NFL Nation reporters evaluate the biggest looming free-agent decisions facing all 32 teams. Scan through each team by division, or click here to jump ahead to your team:Miller and right tackle Jordan Mills are the only two full-time starters among the Bills' seven remaining unrestricted free agents after they re-signed linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. Miller, a 2015 third-round pick, has started since his rookie season and finished tied for 26th in Pro Football Focus' grading of NFL guards. However, the Bills could choose to part ways as they look to overhaul their offensive line this offseason.-- Mike RodakJames wasn't optimistic that a long-term deal would get done with the previous Dolphins staff in place, but with a new regime it will be interesting to see whether the team values James as a piece to build around. The Dolphins' offensive … [Read more...] about Biggest looming 2019 free-agent decisions for all 32 NFL teams
NFL rankings I'll rank the remaining eight quarterbacks on this season, past experiences, and playoff resume, like this: Brees, Brady, Luck, Mahomes, Foles, Rivers, Prescott and Goff. From left, Tennessee basketball players Jordan Bone, Jordan Bowden, Kyle Alexander and Admiral Schofield celebrate during the Vols' win at Memphis on Dec. 15. The Vols are 10-1 with their nonconference schedule nearly complete and could rise to No. 1 in the national rankings today. From left, Tennessee basketball players Jordan Bone, Jordan... Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press. Tennessee hoopsCollege football Hall of Famethere were 13 players and two coaches inducted. Kudos to those folks.This and that — Well, the long awaited search for an OC in Knoxville has ended. Jim Chaney is the dude. Looks to be a good hire. The results will be known down the road of course. Thoughts on the big man returning to the 865? — Speaking of college football, the overnight TV … [Read more...] about 5-at-10: Rankings NFL playoff teams stats, UT hoops excellence, College football HoF head-scratchers, Rushmore of athletes after 40
The 2018 regular season is in the wraps and now it’s time for 12 teams to get ready for the playoffs. For the others who had disappointing campaigns, it’s time to reflect on why they came up short on their season goals. There are 20 teams that missed the playoffs, but a few of them have a real chance to get back on track and go on a run during the 2019 season — but only if they nail the offseason. Here are three of those teams that can get back to form with an effective offseason. Minnesota came into the season as legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Last season, the Vikings made it all the way to the NFC Championship and were expected to at least make it back into the playoffs after replacing Case Keenum with Kirk Cousins. That did not happen. Cousins put up great counting stats (4,298 yards, 30 touchdowns, 10 interceptions), but when Vikings needed him to make a play, he really struggled — Minnesota’s Monday night game against the Seattle Seahawks and … [Read more...] about 3 NFL teams that can get back to the playoffs next season
Unless you’re the Patriots, the NFL playoffs are a carousel where teams hop on and off with each revolution. New teams enter the fray as holdovers drop out of contention. In 2017, eight teams that made the postseason in 2016, including the Packers, Cowboys, and Seahawks, saw their seasons end in Week 17. Meanwhile, teams like the Titans, Bills, Jaguars, and Rams all ended lengthy playoff droughts. There could be more turnover in store for 2018. Buffalo has gone from surprise Wild Card to return to their post-Jim Kelly destiny as an AFC East doormat. Jacksonville’s epic defense has deflated as the Texans returned to the top of the AFC South. Even the defending champion Eagles have struggled, sitting at 4-5 and firmly outside the playoff picture through 10 weeks. But while some of these teams won’t recover (/coughs BILLS /coughs), others have too much talent to languish for long. With seven weeks left in the season, there’s still time for adjustments to be made … [Read more...] about Which NFL team with a losing record can still make the playoffs?